My Grandfather John Adam Eberhardt owned a farm, which is now
"Eberhardt Rd". I would love to know exactly where that is!! I've
since moved to Florida and tried EastHanover-NJ.com -- no map?? How about both
current and historical maps?
Good idea! We do have a link to Yahoo maps, but the
historical map is tough. It would be fun if I could find one! The next best bet
would be to get a copy of Peter Tamburro's book, Gateway to Morris
(shown on the home page of EastHanover-NJ.com). In it, he takes a virtual walk
around East Hanover as of the turn of the century through the memory of one of
our oldest residents. I must admit, though, that trying to figure out what's
where from that narrative is tough. Memory is obviously fallible!
On the EastHanover-NJ.com web site, scroll down near the
bottom of the home page and click on Yahoo Maps. By zooming in to zoom scale
#2 and moving northeast on the map to recenter it, you'll find Eberhardt Rd
running south from Ridgedale Avenue a block west of Overlook Avenue.
Thank you. I did that. Is the farm house still on the
corner? Haven't been there in 35 years!!
Were you a kid when you were here last? Did you live in
town? LOTS has changed since then!
On the corner is an old brown farm house. That would be
Ridgedale & Eberhardt Rd. (I believe it is on the left side)
Ridgedale & Eberhardt, Northeast corner
(click photos to see full size)
I lived in
North Caldwell from 1958 until 1981, then moved to Florida. I was raised in the
same house since birth, married and moved.
My father Frederick William Eberhardt was the only child of
Adam & Louise Wurtenburg-Eberhardt. He immigrated from Germany with his four
children: Michael, Lillian, Anna (Wolter) and Joseph, when he left his first
wife there in the early 1900's. His first home was in Orange where he worked for
Thomas Edison as a tool maker. In the early 1920's (before East Hanover was
incorporated) he bought the farm and my dad has stories about the apple trees
(stealing the pies that were made!) and homemade sauerkraut. After his parents
died, his sister Anna and her husband (the Wolters) lived in the house until her
death. The family is buried at Restland Memorial Park, near Nabisco.
I was last there when I was about 15. I'm 43 now, so it was
around 1970-3. I remember a skating rink in a park, probably on Ridgedale, a
stop sign not too far from the Passaic River, then left. I would love to see
some pictures. Do you have a digital camera? My dad just turned 86 and lives in
Melbourne, Fl and would love to see the old homestead!
I am sure that lots of things have changed. I have tried to
contact Madison High, where he graduated in 1932, but no one seems to be
interested. I understand that it is not the same school building, but a simple
note would be nice! He talks about the baseball team he played on. (I was hoping
to maybe get a picture for his birthday) He loved school and the team. And then,
there was WWII...his brother Joe & he owned in gas station in Verona on
Bloomfield Ave...and as time goes, the rest is history.
Yes, I have a digital camera. You can see some pictures of
town on the web site. Your Dad may recognize the chapel at Restland, which is
a replica of one in England.
They still flood the parking lot at Lurker Park for ice
skating just a few blocks from Eberhardt Street. If I get a chance, I can take
a few photos for you and perhaps place them on the web site for you. What
would you like to see? (No promises, but if I happen to have the time . . . )
That would be great!! Definitely Eberhardt Rd and the farm
Ridgedale and Eberhardt, Southease corner
(Still no farm house . . .)
I mentioned to my mom that I had emailed with you. What else might have
been there in the 1930's as a point of interest for a high schooler? (My dad was
born in 1915) He would be thrilled!!)
Well ... I checked today and there's no farm house on the
corner of Ridgedale and Eberhardt. <Sorry!> I can probably get you a
photo of the intersection & the street sign ... What else is left from the
30s? ... probably not much. The historic Cook House is still there, as well as
the First Presbyterian Church. There's a revolutionary era house on Ridgedale
Avenue a few blocks north of Eberhardt Road, too. Does your Dad remember
Kitchell Memorial Church? Anything else you can think of?
My dad mentioned that behind a small church was the first
school house (red brick) consisting of two rooms. Is that still there? This is
where one teacher taught all the elementary school children of the area. This is
where he went to school. If so....can you take a picture?
My dad is excited . . . if you like he is going to see if he can
find any pictures of the farm, and his parents. If so, I can scan them a email
them to you. Am I starting a big project for you? Let me know.
What's the church? Was it Kitchell Memorial on Ridgedale
Avenue? Just a few blocks from Eberhardt Road? That church is still there.
There's an attachment to the church, but no red brick school building anymore,
I'm afraid. I can get a photo of the church, if that's the right church . . .
There is an old two-room fieldstone (not brick) schoolhouse next to the
First Presbyterian Church across town, but no brick schoolhouse near Kitchell.
After Anna died the property must have been sold and the
developer must have gutted it. For years pieces of land behind it were being
sold. Oh well, thank you for trying! I need to call my dad and ask him, but I'm
sure a church is always a point of remembrance. Are there any German immigrant
points of interest? It sounds kind of strange asking for a street sign picture
but yes, that will have to do.
If you need any further information, please let me know. (My
dad may even have a photo of the original house)
If you have access to a scanner, could you scan it and
email it to me? I'd love to include it! I've included here a couple of photos of the
intersection so you can see what's where the farmhouse USED to be.
I've been involved for about a
year researching my family history. You never know where it will take you, what
you will find or with whom you will correspond. I have met some wonderful
helpers along the way. I do appreciate your interest. I lived in NJ for so many
years and never thought to ask questions or do this!!
It must be the Kitchell Memorial. He didn't remember the name
only that it was behind a small church. When I mentioned the First Presbyterian
Church he said "no, that was in Hanover". I mentioned the Cook House
and he didn't say anything for that either. At 86 he doesn't hear that well, but
he does have a great memory for names, dates and places.
Where he lived I believe it was part of Whippany (?? - he
called it another name prior to East Hanover) at that time and the address was
RFD #1, Ridgedale Ave. So what ever area he went to school and lived must have
been on the "other side of town".
My mom & dad are going to go through some photos albums
and see what they can dig up. They both were surprised to find that the town
still floods the parking lot for the rink. I had both of them thinking and
recalling some memories.
That's great. Enjoy the photos. If you (or others!) think
of other points of interest I should photograph and include, just let me know.
And if you have the opportunity to scan and send me some of your old photos,
that would be really fun!
Just a little update on my Eberhardt family. I met my first
cousin Peter Eberhardt this past Labor Day. I have never had so many Eberhardt's
in one place. The last time he had seen me he held me.... 43 years ago. I met
his son "Adam" along with our Wurtenberg side of the family. It was
very interesting and they promised me some pictures of Adam and my dad on the
farm. The pictures are scarce since my dad was the youngest and it seems the
oldest brother took the family to court for possession of the property. I was
able to obtain the deed to the property and all the legal papers involved with
the Eberhardt estate. It seems Adam was a frugal stubborn Deutschman who decided
to fix his leaking roof himself. He fell off and did a number on his body which
lead to his death.
And here's a recent reply from a resident
of Eberhardt Road with some more information on the little red schoolhouse
I am taking the liberty to try to answer the question you had
concerning a little red schoolhouse behind a church in East Hanover your father
went to. I am from Germany and lived in East Hanover, NJ since 1960. We bought
our house on Eberhardt Road from the Mayor of East Hanover, Paul Sullivan in
1974, and have lived here ever since. His house was the
last house on Eberhardt Road until 1971. Mr. Sullivan developed the other half
of the Street to meet Brace Drive and many new homes were built there. I also
remember the dark brown farm house on the Northeast corner of Eberhardt Road.
My husband was the Civil Defense Communications Director, we
joined the East Hanover First Aid Squad in 1964 and stayed until 1970. I became
a School Bus Driver at the Hanover Park Regional High School (built in 1956?) in
1968. later I was dispatcher for the Hanover Park Regional High School
Transportation Department. In 1988 I became the Transportation Coordinator
(Director) for the Township of East Hanover Elementary schools. That is where my
story begins. When Ms. Jayne Eberhardt-Vurro said her father went to the first
school house (red brick) consisting of 2 rooms, it came to me, where I had my
Transportation office, is one of the rooms your father remembers.
You see, behind the Kitchell Memorial Church (not attached) is
an old school building, it is not red brick today, but it could have been; it
has stucco on the outside now. The building was called Hanover Neck School and
was added on to in later years, and was still used as a school when my daughter
Susan went there for Kindergarten in 1960. Mrs. Dalladucka was the
A new School was built on the other side of River Road about
1967 named Frank J. Smith School. Our other daughter Sandee went there for
Kindergarten, and Mrs. Dalladucka was still teaching there.
The East Hanover Board of Education took over the old Hanover
Neck School building and it became the home for the East Hanover Board of
Education. On some of the older maps of East Hanover the section of town called
Hanover Neck is still shown. We now have in East Hanover Saint Rose of Lima K
thru 8, Frank J. Smith School K thru 2, Central School grades 3 thru 5 and
another school was built in 1969 called East Hanover Middle School for
students in grades 6 thru 8. The Cobblestone School on Mt. Pleasant Ave. is now
the home for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Senior Citizens club.
Sincerely Ms Adele M. Maciejewski, 52 Eberhardt Road
Photo of Board of Education offices is by Ms Maciejewski.